WOTW: zone

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - zone

“Zone” is a noun, but it’s also used as a verb. It is to do with land and space. We will have a look at the meanings and see some examples. Here we go.


The main meaning of “zone” is an area of land with a specific character, purpose or use.


+ There is a demilitarised zone between North and South Korea.

+ This is a pedestrian zone; no cars are permitted.

+ The area has been declared a disaster zone after the flooding.

+ He was caught driving 60 km/h in a 30 km/h zone.

+ The park is divided into five different zones, each with a different theme.


We often commonly talk about time zones.


+ Portugal and the UK are actually in the same time zone.


The verb “zone” comes from the noun and means divide into zones. It is very often used in the passive voice.


+ The botanical garden has been zoned into four specific ecological regions.

+ This land is zoned for housing.

+ This town has very strict zoning laws.

+ The house and grounds are zoned for industrial use.


Especially in American English the phrasal verb “zone out” is used to mean not concentrate.


+ I’m sorry. I just zoned out for a minute. What did you say?

+ You’ve been zoning out all day long, what’s the matter?

+ The heat last week was causing me to zone out on the train.

+ This is a great record to put on and zone out to.


The pronunciation is / zəʊn /.


This word is in the New General Service List, a list of the 3,000 most common words in English communication. You can get the full list on our website by clicking here.


この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。



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